Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band “Clap Your Hands” Featured on Independent Film Channel’s Sounds of the Cities

By on May 13, 2012

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band “Clap Your Hands” Featured on
Independent Film Channel’s Sounds of the Cities Vol. 1

Music is alive and well, and you can feel it pulsating through the Sounds of the Cities. The compilation was created by the Independent Film Channel, Red Distribution and Rainmaker Management, using the curatorial skills of music insiders like Austin City Limits producer Terry Lickona, the music included comes from all over the country. Representing Brown County, Indiana comes Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band with “Clap Your Hands”. IFC has a daily promotions running all week featuring the track, giving viewers a peek at what this amazing roots band is all about. Watch the popular video for the song, it has garnered over 362,000 views.
Check out the IFC spots featuring “Clap Your Hands” 
The Big Damn Band is very much a family affair, with the good Reverend on finger-style resonator guitar and lead vocals, his wife “Washboard” Breezy Peyton on washboard and vocals and distant cousin Aaron “Cuz” Persinger on drums and bucket. The band’s home base is deep in the hills of Southern Indiana’s Brown County, which boasts a population of 14,957. (Or 14,954 when the band’s out on the road playing close to 250 gigs a year, including appearances at the Austin City Limits festival, Bonnoroo and tours with Flogging Molly, Derek Trucks Band and Clutch.)
There aren’t a lot of Warped Tour vets who can claim proficiency in the use of washboards, bottleneck slides and five-gallon buckets. Most didn’t spend their teens playing along to Charlie Patton and Bukka White albums. And just about none are fronted by a commissioned member of the Honorary Order of Kentucky Colonels. But the Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band are all that and more. With wild sing-a-longs and flaming washboards, their live shows have been converting skeptics left and right.  “I grew up in the country, and rural life and rural culture has shaped me and my music,” says Reverend Peyton, who really is a Kentucky Colonel, just like Elvis Presley, Roy Rogers and Tiger Woods. “I have been playing music since I was a little kid. I am pretty sure we are on to something now.”
That combination of authenticity and originality is evident throughout “Clap Your Hands,” driven by the trio’s big damn vocals and melodies, gutbucket guitar playing, and foot-stomping rhythms, all in service of songs that are honest and moving, devoid of irony or artifice. We may be few in numbers, but we sound big,” says Washboard Breezy.  “And I think we stand for something big too. Even if sometimes it’s just that it is okay to be a regular person.”
Sounds of the Cities expands the band’s local reach, and introduces them to music fans coast to coast. Locally, the focus will be on grassroots media promotion and fundraising initiatives for worthy hometown causes, ranging from homelessness to wounded veteran assistance. Nationally, in addition to offering radio promotion to breakout tracks, all forms of media will be serviced with the entire project, track giveaways and a short film competition, presented in association with YouTube.
The television campaign kicks off on IFC this week with daily promotions including free weekly downloads online into the summer.  Sounds of the Cities, Vol. 1 will be available at iTunes and other digital retailers on June 5th.
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